In Real Life
I was really pleased to have been invited by Cable Depot curator Iavor Lubimirov to be in residence from mid February to mid May 2021. His generous vision for what is possible during lockdown has embraced my work. The resulting installation is a dark dreamy space with four films as installations playing together, their sounds overlapping. On live CCTV constantly it could be viewed by anyone at any time online, this page records that experience. The space was ideal for visits in ones and twos when lockdown rules allowed.
- The show was Live online 24/7 from Friday March 12th to May 16th 2021
- A film tour of the installation with an interview with Anna McNay was broadcast from March 21st. Whole interview transcript available on request.
- Performances in collaboration with Blanc Sceol, Lydia Julien and Charlotte Law will take place on April 4th broadcast live and then online.
- Film of April 4th performances by Cole Pemberton here
- Finissage May 14th 6-10pm had outdoor live improvised music to a projection of Myth animation.
- Visits were by appointment from April 12th, either singly or with bubble.
8 Submarine Cable Depot
(Bottom of Warspite Road & Right)
London SE18 5NX
Nearest station: Woolwich Dockyard
Nearest Bus Stop: Warspite Road: 177, 180,162, 471
By bicycle: on the Thames Path, between Thames Barrier and Woolwich
ABOUT THE FILMS
A baby is also the centre of ‘Myth’. This was made in the hot summer of 2017 when I sat on the wall over Deptford Creek and knitted costumes based on the colours of the water, flowers and tides beneath my feet. One costume was made on the Thames near where I grew up. Three friends – Esther Bunting, Steve Ritter and Ursula Troche, whom I met as life models for my drawing classes, wore them in a field in Kent. And the story of baby being found and lost by these people was based on solar myths around the cycle of rising and setting, the sun being born and dying daily.
‘Pan and the goddess’ (2019) was made after a visit to Pan’s Garden, the house of my great grandmother Eva, a woman who built an altar to Pan in her house. During the visit with my cousin we discovered that she had been an early environmentalist, and was concerned about the rampant urbanisation that was starting at the beginning of the 20th century. Pan had become an important figure at the time for others like EM Forster and Kenneth Graeme. I spent that summer in France sitting with and drawing goats. Charlotte Law wore the costume I had made a few years ago and she interacted with a mural I had made of the goddess (a dream figure) and Pan.